Next to Oculus VR and livestreams, Facebook’s gaming ambitions also include the cloud. Today, the company makes free game streaming available to 98% of the continental United States and uses a major Ubisoft partner. Facebook says it has now expanded its cloud computing infrastructure to the extent that it can deploy the service 100% in the United States by fall. An international deployment is also underway, starting in Canada and Mexico and expanding to western and central Europe by early 2022.
While rivals Google and Amazon have opted for a stand-alone cloud gaming service for a monthly subscription, Facebook has integrated its offer into its main social network and the accompanying Android application. Unlike the competition, which offers console and PC games on the internet, the social network is focusing on smaller free mobile titles that it says are easier to host in its data centers.
After launch cloud games on Android in a handful of US states last October, Facebook says it added 25 titles to the service, including newcomers Roller Coaster Tycoon Touch by Atari, Lego Legacy Heroes unboxed and Dragon Mania Legends by Gameloft and Survival state by FunPlus. It also redesigned its Play section with new categories, including a list of the best games in the US, improved filtering and sorting options.
More than 1.5 million people stream games on Facebook every month, the company revealed. With 195 million daily users in North America and over 1.87 billion users worldwide, the service has a big track ahead of it. Although it offers fewer games than the competition, Facebook is hoping that its focus on mobile titles can help it thrive in the lucrative game streaming arena. The cloud gaming market will be worth around $ 1.4 billion this year and more than $ 5 billion in 2023, according to the research firm NewZoo.
To strengthen its attractiveness, Facebook is joining forces with Developer based in France Ubisoft. The studio’s game subscription service is already available on Google Stadia and Amazon Luna, but (for now at least) Facebook only hosts its mobile game titles. Ubisoft games available on the service include Assassin’s Creed Rebellion, Evolution of the hungry shark and Hungry dragon, with Powerful Quest and Testing border launch in the coming months. Facebook also recently acquired Unit 2, the developer of the game creation platform Crayta, with the intention of integrating its tools into its cloud gaming platform.
On the infrastructure side, Facebook is focused on lowering latency caps to allow it to host even more genres of games on multiple devices. Currently, he says his “sweet spot” is in mobile sports, maps, simulation, strategy, action-adventure and puzzle titles, but he plans to add more variety to the mix in the months. to come up.
Facebook says it’s still working to get cloud games on iOS devices. Although its gaming app is available on iPhones and iPads, it does not include playable games due to Apple’s restrictions on third party software.
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